TV PICKS OF THE WEEK By Lisa Jewell
Our top three picks for your telly watching this week.
Documentary – Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise
Wednesday 3 May, 11pm, BBC4
Fascinating documentary from the Storyville strand that uses archive footage to trace the age of nuclear power over the past 70 odd years – from the devastating atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War Two right through to modern day.
Protest marches, the Cold War and the Chernobyl and Fukishima disasters feature in the film, along with advances in modern science like x-rays and MRI scanners. Music by Mogwai provides a moving soundtrack.
Drama – Jamestown – Friday 5 May, 9pm, Sky 1
Sky has been giving a big promotional push to this colonial drama series, brought to the screen by the makers of Downtown Abbey. The show follows early English settlers in North America – after men have made their mark on the new land, along come women settlers but what reception awaits them? The series has a good pedigree so should be worth a watch.
Film – Nightcrawler
Saturday 6 May, 9pm, BBC2
Intriguing film that keeps you on the edge of your toes. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jake Bloom, a creepy young man that is determined to get into the TV industry and will stop at nothing to reach his ambition. He starts getting to the scene of road accidents and murders in LA before the police even turn up, in the search of exclusive and often morbid TV footage that he can sell onto a complicit news service.
Well written and beautifully shot film that also features actors Reno Russo and Riz Ahmed.